Oh, what a year 2017 was weather-wise; something for everyone. And boy did we have some extreme weather. Let’s do a quick review.
Who can forget January 2017 with that extended cold snap that gave us highs on some days below freezing? We had snow, freezing rain and almost everything in between. Rain changed to snow on the evening of Jan. 10 and it snowed all night with anywhere from 4 to 14 inches of snow on the ground. The highest amounts were in the Felida and Salmon Creek areas with 14 inches. Then we had freezing rain and ice.
February wasn’t to be outdone with freezing rain on the 3rd then mild and local flooding on the 15th and 16th. We ended up with 10.38 inches of rain in Vancouver, for our wettest February ever.
March was a blustery month with heavy rains and a EF0 tornado in the Covington and Orchards area on the 24th. Rainfall in Vancouver was 7.05 inches, double the normal.
The only noteworthy event in April was the windstorm on the 7th with 60 mph winds in Clark County. Power outages and downed trees.
May began on the wet side but no rain fell from the 18th through the 31st. One hot period from the 21st to 28th saw 90-degree temperatures.
June was a lazy month but a few hot days in last few days with a 101-degree high on the 25th.
July was dry with no measurable rainfall the entire month.
August was dry and hot with a high of 105 degrees on the 3rd and one of the warmest Augusts ever.
September was dry and smoky from all the Western wildfires thanks to east winds. The first five days had highs at 90 degrees or better.
October was a mellow month except for a brief EF0 tornado in Salmon Creek and heavy rain on the 21st.
November was a boring month for weather watchers.
December brought cold air via east winds and a nice snowfall on Christmas Eve — our third white Christmas in the last 100 years.
Happy New Year as we prepare for noteworthy weather events in 2018!
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.